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New CMTA President focusing on a promise of manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 15, 2018

Last week the Orange County Register published new CMTA President Lance Hastings' inaugural op ed on his commitment to working toward the promise of new manufacturing opportunities in California. It's the first of many pieces that will seek to illuminate the ultra economic benefits of manufacturing, the challenges to new manufacturing investment in California, and CMTA's solutions and ideas to turn the state's long held dream into a promise. 

Make California's Dream a Promise

By Lance Hastings in the OC Register -- December 14, 2018

California has always evoked dreams of new adventures and opportunities that couldn’t be found elsewhere. Those of us who are lucky enough to call it our home hold on to the dream of a wonderful future that only the Golden State can provide.

Many of the hallmarks that attracted millions of people are still present: fantastic climate, beautiful Pacific shores and majestic mountains. Early settlers flocked to the state in pursuit of gold and a new, prosperous future. Hollywood and the movie industry shared an elegance that was the envy of the world. In the 1980’s and 90’s aerospace and high tech manufacturing were plentiful and grew at record paces, providing much of the middle class with home ownership and a college education for their kids.

Now in 2019, almost two centuries after California became a state, we continue to lead the country in innovation but the production of our own inventions is falling short. New clean and exciting manufacturing facilities are simply growing quicker elsewhere. California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Los Angeles County in southern California for example lost 7 percent of its manufacturing core since 2010 while the rest of the country grew by more than 12 percent. That means more than 25,000 southern California middle class families lost out on the dream that manufacturing could have provided. ... READ MORE AT THE OC REGISTER





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An invitation to CMTA member companies

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 9, 2018

In 2018 CMTA partnered with CompanyWeek to profile Manufacturing Champions -- part of a growing archive of California profiles of manufacturing companies.

The stories of modern manufacturing and the rewarding and exciting career paths within the sector must be told, and they should be told through the lens of California's very best manufacturers and their workers.

We'd like to feature your company and your workers in 2019, so CMTA and CompanyWeek will pick up 100 percent of the costs for all CMTA members. Don’t miss this opportunity to showoff your operations, employees and products. CMTA members such as Jelly Belly and BWC have previously been profiled.

If you are interested, the steps are simple. We'll assign a writer to interview you, by phone, and send a photographer to your location.  If you are a CMTA member and would like to be profiled, please contact me at gdicaro@cmta.net or 916-498-3347. 





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POLL ALERT: CA Central Valley MFG laws and regs

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 30, 2018

CMTA's regional manufacturing partner, Biz Fed Central Valley, is conducting an important poll on the impacts of laws and regulations on business in the region.

Policymakers can only understand the impacts of new and proposed policies if they hear it straight from the manufacturers themselves. California's newest legislators make their first official appearance in the Capitol today as they get sworn in. Let's make sure we're doing our part to help them make California a more attractive place to retain and attract new manufacturing growth.

YOU CAN ANSWER CENTRAL VALLEY BIZ FED'S QUICK POLL HERE.  Please pass this along to others in the industry too. 





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CA continues to lag US in MFG growth, LA county even worse

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 1, 2018

Manufacturing’s vital contributions to the California economy are far out of proportion to its shrinking share of employment. 

California’s manufacturing sector boasts $87k average wages (2017), more than $288 billion in output (2017), a higher share of workers without a college degree than economy overall, and tremendous economic ripple effects from long supply chains and economic activity.

California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country with more than 1.3 million workers but given the state’s size, that doesn’t tell the whole story.  

With all of the benefits California reaps from manufacturing, it remains that the state simply is not keeping pace with the national resurgence. This is evident in California manufacturing job growth, investment growth and reshores as a percentage of the the rest of the country.  Manufacturing job growth in particular shows a 5 percent increase since 2010 in California, while the country grew at more than 11 percent. Further some of the regions that need manufacturing opportunities the most are seeing dismal manufacturing growth rates (See L.A. in chart). We simply can and must do better.

Costs and predicability are often the largest challenges for manufacturers to make long-term investment decisions in California. Electricity rates alone are 86 percent higher for the industrial class and 49 percent higher for the commercial class. Workers' compensation premiums are the highest in the nation. California-specific laws that pop up every year often make it difficult to understand if a manufacturer can compete long-term in the state. These challenges and more have created an environment that makes it difficult for California’s robust innovation and R&D to scale up actual manufacturing facilities in the state.

CMTA continues to present these facts to the Legislature and the media and we hope you can join us in telling the tremendous story of manufacturing benefits and opportunities, as well as the challenges of competing in California.

Below is an updated chart of manufacturing growth, with the percentage for the state's largest manufacturing region -- LA -- included.

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CMTA takes positions on 2 Fall initiatives that impact manufacturers

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on Sept. 7, 2018

The November 2018 ballot includes 12 measures for voters to consider. CMTA has taken a position on two of the measures, recommending that voters support Proposition 3 to issue a bond for the financing of water projects and oppose Proposition 10 to expand local governments’ authority to impose rent control ordinances. Each measure will have an impact on California manufacturing jobs and investments, as described here:

Proposition 3 creates an $8.87 billion general obligation bond to finance projects related to water, storage, conservation, quality and watershed protection and maintenance. During the recent multi-year drought in California, manufacturers were able to maintain operations by embracing water conservation, recycling and reuse practices. Despite these best efforts, as the economy and population grows in the coming years, the demands for water will increase and our ability to serve all residential, commercial, agriculture and manufacturing needs will be stretched. This funding, with the specific inclusion of storage and supply related projects, will help keep water flowing to maintain manufacturing projects and jobs for the long term. CMTA Supports Proposition 3

Proposition 10 repeals existing law and would allow local governments to impose rent control on previously exempt properties. High housing costs are a challenge for manufacturers who need skilled workers near plants and facilities, but imposing rent control is the wrong way to go. In fact, it is likely that rent controls would reduce the supply and availability of housing, encourage investments in other types of development, and ultimately increase prices. We should be asking our state legislators to work on more sensible and effective ways to increase the supply of housing and make rents and home purchases affordable for California families. CMTA Opposes Proposition 10





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